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  • Here we are in Edinburgh.

  • That's in Scotland, Dan.

  • - Well, thanks. - Yeah.

  • We're at the "FloWave Research Facility"

  • at the University of Edinburgh

  • in this giant wave pool.

  • It's about 82 feet across,

  • and it's got 168 individual little

  • wave pusher paddles.

  • Gav: It's capable of creating hundreds

  • of different types of waves found in nature,

  • for various testing purposes.

  • But with the simultaneous activation

  • of all of the pushers, you can create

  • one giant spike wave right in the middle,

  • and that's what we're gonna get in slow-mo.

  • So we're here for the fun, silly wave?

  • - That's correct, yeah. - Okay, right.

  • Dan: We've waited for the water to settle,

  • 'cause apparently that's the best

  • to get the optimum large spike

  • because any sort of disturbance in the water

  • dissipates the energy slightly.

  • So really focusing it to the middle.

  • Got the Phantom set to 1,000 frames a second,

  • and we've also got some very bright lights

  • concentrated on the middle of the pool,

  • cause that's where the spike wave is gonna be.

  • I think we're ready.

  • - I think so. - Let's do it.

  • Dan: Oh, you can see the movement. Oh.

  • - Building up. - It's weird to just have perfect ripples.

  • - Building up. - Oh, look at that.

  • - Here we go. - Here it is.

  • - Whoa. Whoa! - Flippin' A.

  • - That was a really good one. - That was really good.

  • I liked how clear it was in the middle.

  • Gav: That is so weird looking.

  • Dan: The grid on the floor, it makes it look really...

  • - Gav: It looks like-- it looks like a wormhole. - ...computer generated.

  • Gav: It looks like someone's just pulling

  • - on space time. - Dan: Yeah.

  • Whoa. That's satisfyingly clear.

  • Gav: That is crazy.

  • It looks like-- you know when you drop

  • one single droplet in water

  • and it just goes... ( imitates drop )

  • It looks like that on a massive scale.

  • Gav: Look at what it did to the reflection on the wall.

  • - It focused. - That's the light bouncing.

  • Gav: It was, like, briefly a magnifying glass

  • on that part of the wall.

  • - Dan: That's a weird look as well, isn't it? - All falling back.

  • Gav: All right, look how much that sank down.

  • - Gav: That's really cool. - Dan: Ahh.

  • ( both imitating splash )

  • I'm ready for the skadoosh.

  • - Here we go. - ( gasps )

  • - ( imitating splash ) - Oh!

  • - ( Dan laughs ) - Gav: Absolutely colossal.

  • - Gav: Yeah, look at that. Traveling up the column. - Dan: Oh, wow.

  • You matched the speed pretty well there.

  • Gav: I caught up with it, yeah.

  • Dan: That's solid.

  • - Gav: Oh, right in the roof. - Dan: Good effort.

  • - At that point, it's like-- - Gav: Enough of that.

  • - Let's come back down. - Dan: Yeah.

  • Gav: Look at the reflection. You see the reflection

  • - either side of the spike? - Dan: Yeah.

  • - It looks so crystal. - ( Gav imitating splash )

  • Gav: What are we seeing right there?

  • Dan: It looks like a glass sword.

  • Gav: That looks amazing. Look how smooth that looks.

  • Gav: Nailed it.

  • Nice.

  • Dan, have you ever done this before?

  • What? Sat in a giant wave pool with a thousand rubber ducks?

  • - Yeah. - Buried? No.

  • I haven't, actually. It's funny, that.

  • So, your job is to go out to the middle

  • and disperse them nicely.

  • Okay. Lovely.

  • All right, it looks like you're all set.

  • It's actually quite hard to row

  • when I'm covered in ducks.

  • - It looks like you're going off on a voyage. - Yeah.

  • - Looks-- this is fun. - So how are you gonna

  • get them out of the boat in the water?

  • Oh, I guess really slowly.

  • I'm not really sure what I'm looking at.

  • ( Dan grunts )

  • Bath time.

  • Gav: That's a lot of ducks.

  • - Okay, I'm good. - It looks good.

  • - Done. - All right, duck close-up.

  • Dan: I wonder how airborne we can get here.

  • My bet is on, uh, Steven.

  • - Dan: Oh, yeah, Stevie. - He's the 95th duck from the right.

  • Dan: All the ducks are in the middle.

  • Bwosh! Whoa!

  • There's one-- one just landed.

  • One flew off over there.

  • That was amazing.

  • Dan: It's like a really fun bath, this.

  • Wow, they flew. You nailed the timing there.

  • Gav: Not the most light up there,

  • - but enough to see ducks. - I mean, you can tell

  • what's happening, right?

  • It's raining ducks down.

  • - Those ducks just went-- - Dan: Bwosh!

  • I like how you can see the ducks

  • on the other side of the spike as well.

  • If you look at it, you look through the water,

  • you can see through mid-air water,

  • into the base of other ducks.

  • Gav: Yeah. Is that the duck that went flying off?

  • Dan: I don't know.

  • Dan: Yeah, I think so. Yeah, look there he goes. There he goes.

  • Gav: One duck just sort of flying.

  • Dan: He got caught the backsplash,

  • so he got the secondary jet.

  • And now it's just raining ducks.

  • Gav: It's just raining ducks, yeah.

  • Dan: That was class.

  • And I think Steven was the one who went the highest, so--

  • - Can we verify that? - No.

  • - Can we get-- no? - Don't think we can.

  • - How do you feel, right... - Yeah?

  • - about taking it right in the face? - Okay, all right.

  • I knew it was a matter of time before you asked me.

  • - Glad you asked, obviously. - Yeah. Yeah, obviously.

  • Um, I'd say not full beans.

  • - So, half beans? - Yeah.

  • - Medium beans? - Medium beans.

  • All right. We can deal with that.

  • - Okay. - All right, well, let's--

  • let's move the old gantry over

  • and lean over the edge of it.

  • Brilliant.

  • Okay, I'm ready!

  • Dan, are you nervous?

  • Uh, it's hard not to be. Ooh.

  • Oh. Oh!

  • - Directly up my nose. - Where are your goggles?

  • Oh, no! They just disappeared.

  • Gav: Oh, okay. Here we go. Here it comes.

  • Dan: It looks like a tongue reaching out to--

  • - Ooh! - Gav: Right in the nose.

  • - Look how, like-- - Dan: Look at my nose! Look at that.

  • Look at that, like, blade of water coming out. You see that?

  • Gav: It's going straight up your nostrils.

  • Dan: And then I don't have any glasses on.

  • What happened to my glasses? Rewind it, see if--

  • Gav: Let's see if we can see where they went.

  • Those glasses were almost pointless.

  • Dan: They got, like, lifted off my face.

  • - Gav: Oh, yeah. - They're still there,

  • and then they get, like, lifted off.

  • Dan: So, I'm the only person

  • to ever get splashed by this wave tank, really.

  • Gav: Yeah, that's an honor, I think.

  • Dan: I think so.

  • Well, Dan, this is a precarious position.

  • I can't say I've ever protected the camera with my face before.

  • So we got the camera looking down into the waves.

  • I feel that would be quite a surreal shot.

  • But we also don't want to blast the lens and camera,

  • so Dan has volunteered his face again

  • to take the brunt of the wave.

  • We've also got a nice optical flap over the lens to protect it,

  • and we've bagged it so it doesn't get wet.

  • Hopefully, this should be a very surreal

  • and cool looking shot, but we will get wet.

  • And hopefully we won't break the camera as well.

  • Let me know when it's gonna come,